Review: Mr Bolfry, Pitlochry Festival Theatre

September 4, 2014

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THEATRE   Mr Bolfry Pitlochry Festival Theatre Various dates until October 18   Reviewed by Mark Brown   If, like me, you are convinced that Scottish theatre is currently living in the closest thing it has ever had to a Renaissance, Pitlochry Festival Theatre’s 2014 summer season has been an intriguing one. Staging, in this […]

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Review: Patrias, Playhouse, Edinburgh

September 4, 2014

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Patrias Playhouse, Edinburgh Run ended   Reviewed by Mark Brown   In the early hours of August 19 1936, troops of General Franco’s fascist Falange took the poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca to Fuente Grande (the Big Fountain) amidst the olive groves north-east of his beloved home city of Granada. There, he was executed […]

Reviews: Lippy, riverrun, The Matchmaker and Men in the Cities – Edinburgh Fringe

September 4, 2014

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Fringe Theatre   Lippy Traverse Ends today   riverrun Traverse Ends today   The Matchmaker Assembly George Square Studios Ends tomorrow   Men In The Cities Traverse Ends  today   Reviewed by Mark Brown   On August 1, just 10 days before Robin Williams’s suicide, the brilliant, Glasgow-based performance artist and mischief-maker Ian Smith took […]

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Reviews: The James Plays, The Duel & Return to the Voice – Edinburgh Festivals

August 19, 2014

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The James Plays Festival Theatre Until August 22   The Duel EICC Until August 23   Return To The Voice St Giles Cathedral Until August 25   Reviewed by Mark Brown   “Some things can’t be conversational”, says King James I to his English queen, Joan, in the first of Rona Munro’s James Plays, a […]

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Reviews: The Pitiless Storm, Spoiling, Small War & Race – Edinburgh Fringe

August 11, 2014

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EDINBURGH THEATRE REVIEWS   The Pitiless Storm Assembly Rooms Until August 24; then touring until September 14   Spoiling Traverse Until August 24   Small War Traverse Until August 24   Race Assembly George Square Studios Until August 25   Reviewed by Mark Brown   If you thought it was painful watching Alex Salmond impaled […]

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Review: Thief, Hill Street Theatre, Edinburgh

August 8, 2014

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Thief Genet-inspired monologue Winston Churchill famously described the British Royal Navy as having been sustained by three things, namely, “rum, sodomy and the lash.” It is to just such a sexually dissolute and violent maritime society that we are taken by Liam Rudden’s Thief. A one-man play “inspired by” the writings of the great French […]

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Preview: The Duel, EICC, Edinburgh

August 4, 2014

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Chekhov Brazilian style A three-hour long Chekhov production from Brazil could be one of the hit shows of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, writes Mark Brown “The word ‘Brazil’ means burning embers”, says theatre director Georgette Fadel. “We Brazilians believe in that potency, that heat and fire that can burn away the negative elements in our […]

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